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Real Madrid ace Brahim Diaz stands by his decision to play for Morocco over Spain

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Real Madrid attacking midfielder Brahim Diaz was in the news just ahead of the recently concluded international break as he finally made a binding decision over his international future.

Spoilt for choice between the evergreen Spain and the World Cup breakout stars Morocco, it was not an easy decision for the Real Madrid star.

In the end, however, he opted to snub La Roja and represent the North African nation for a plethora of reasons. The biggest of them all, however, was the chance to be the centre of attraction in an up-and-coming team.

Diaz comments on his decision

Speaking to the media after playing for Morocco in the recently concluded international break, the Real Madrid phenom was quizzed about how he was, especially after the mixed reaction from the public after he announced his decision to snub Spain.

“I’m still a player of the best club in the world. I am very happy for the affection I have received and for the love they give me. I have no words.”

“I have been educated in these values and the most important thing is to demonstrate in the field, to talk in the field and it is what I like the most,” he added, as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

Brahim in action for Morocco. (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Brahim then went on to outline his ambition with his new international team, stating that he was aiming to take home silverware in the coming years.

“I really want to win a title and bring it here home. I am very grateful to you [the Moroccan national team].”

A new start

Diaz travelled to train under Walid Regragui’s side earlier this month and linked up with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Sofyan Amrabat, Achraf Hakimi and Yassine Bounou on the team.

He played a part and started both of Morocco’s games against Angola and Mauritiana and while he did not record any direct goal contribution, he was impressive in both matches.

The 24-year-old’s first goal in the new colours is not far away, especially given the bright core that surrounds him in Morocco.

Heading back to Madrid, he will look to keep up his good form as Los Blancos stare a critical UCL clash against Manchester City in the coming month and the daunting Athletic Club in the more immediate future.

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Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal ready to make Real Madrid veteran the highest-paid defender – report

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A month ago, whispers began to circulate about Real Madrid’s star defender, Antonio Rudiger, drawing attention from Saudi Arabian football clubs. Initially, Rudiger appeared uninterested in the potential move. 

However, recent reports from SPORT reveal that he has now received multiple offers from the Middle East, notably from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, and these offers are lucrative enough to make him the highest-paid defender globally.

Currently, Real Madrid have no intention of parting ways with Rudiger. The player, in turn, seems content to stay with the Spanish giants. 

This mutual desire to remain united is understandable, especially given the circumstances of the past season. 

Injuries to key defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba left a significant void in Real Madrid’s defence, which Rudiger admirably filled. Despite being 31 years old, Rudiger’s exceptional performance last season has only increased his value.

Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal want Rudiger

Al-Nassr, a team that boasts stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic, and Sadio Mane, is reportedly keen on adding Rudiger to their ranks. 

They currently have Aymeric Laporte as their primary defensive asset, but the dream of strengthening their defence with Rudiger is strong. 

Antonio Rudiger has no interest in leaving Real Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The idea is to pair Rudiger with Laporte, creating a formidable defensive duo. The financial offer on the table for Rudiger is astronomical, designed to tempt him into forming a top-tier defensive partnership.

Similarly, Al-Hilal, are also in the hunt. Their goal is to bolster a defence that already features standout players like Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. 

If Rudiger were to join Al-Hilal, he would be in the company of notable talents such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, Renan Lodi, and Bono.

Real Madrid and Rudiger are uninterested

Despite these enticing offers, Real Madrid remain firm in their decision not to sell Rudiger. The player himself is not inclined to leave La Liga. 

The departure of Nacho to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadsiah and the uncertain physical conditions of Alaba and Militao are pivotal reasons why Real Madrid are unwilling to consider letting go of their most dependable centre-back.

While the Saudi Arabian league is likely to continue its efforts to persuade all parties involved that Rudiger’s transfer would be mutually beneficial, the reality is that such an operation appears highly improbable. 

Rudiger’s value to Real Madrid, coupled with his own commitment to the club, makes any potential move a complex and unlikely scenario.

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